The 2019-20 season of the NBL ended last week as Perth Wildcats was crowned the champions for the second straight year. It was a great season filled with many star performers. Here, we look at 10 of the best NBL players from the 2019-20 season.
1. Bryce Cotton (Perth Wildcats)
Cotton showed he was the competition’s best players and was one of the chief reasons for Perth’s terrific title win. He ended the season with a Points Per Game (PPG) of 22.4. He was consistent and almost always found a way to life the team from precarious situations. Cotton was amazing in the Grand Finals and scored a whopping 90 points in the last 3 games.
2. Lamar Patterson (Brisbane Bullets)
Patterson was the shining light for the Bullets this season and had a PPG of 21.43. He performed his role of a small forward this year with perfection and kept improving as the season went on. In his last 5 matches, Lamar was unstoppable, collecting 120 points.
3. John Roberson (South East Melbourne Phoenix)
John Roberson was easily one of the best point guards this season. He burst onto the scene in the first half of the season when he lit up the Melbourne Arena with his sensational three-point shooting. His ability to share the offence and also take care of his responsibility on the defensive end made him the most valuable star for the Phoenix.
4. Mitch Creek (South East Melbourne Phoenix)
Mitch Creek was quite amazing this season and his performance led many known basketball players to ask for his entry into the NBA. Creek led his new franchise with aplomb and his sensational 32-point game against Cairns Taipans will always be remembered. He was swift and robust as the power forward and a lot is expected of him next season.
5. Casper Ware (Sydney Kings)
While Sydney Kings had many stars that led them to the finals this season, Casper Ware was the standout performer. Even though he wasn’t at his best in the finals, Casper was easily amongst the top five players, courtesy his performances early on in the competition. As a guard, he was strong and reliable and even had a field goal percentage of 38.
6. Corey Webster (New Zealand Breakers)
New Zealand Breakers were struggling for most of the season but rose up suddenly towards the middle stage. The main contributor towards that was Corey Webster. Even though he left midseason, Webster had an impact as the shooting guard for his team. His field goal percentage was 44 and the Breakers will hope he comes back stronger next year.
7. Melo Trimble (Melbourne United)
Trimble had made his name last year in the NBL and this year he served Melbourne United as the perfect guard this season. He was their star player and his shooting and playmaking ability helped them clinch many games. Trimble’s standout performance was his outstanding 34-point game against the Sydney Kings in February.
8. Devonte Newbill (Cairns Taipans)
DJ Newbill was the most consistent player for Cairns Taipans this season and had an outstanding field goal percentage of 51. Newbill, who burst onto the scene in New Zealand a couple of seasons ago, has proven to be a reliable shooting guard. While he would have liked to score more frequently, he has been improving with every season.
9. Shawn Long (Melbourne United)
Last year, he performed magic for the Breakers. This season, Shawn Long was taken by the Melbourne United and he lived up to his name. While it took him a little time to get into his groove, Long soon got going and was scoring regularly in each game. He ended the season with a field goal percentage of 53 and is certain to be back next year at the center for Melbourne again.
10. LaMelo Ball (Illawarra Hawks)
In what was a nightmarish season for the Illawarra Hawks as they ended at the last position, LaMelo Ball gave them something to cheer about. Not much needs to be said about this star player and he delivered as the guard for the Hawks even as the others failed. Even in his last two games of the season – against the Breakers and Taipans – Ball scored 25 and 32 points respectively. He has ended the season on a high and will be back for more soon.